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New online donor registry makes organ donation easy

For years, Wisconsinites have associated an orange dot affixed to driver’s licenses or ID cards with organ donation. Now they have a new orange dot to associate with – Dottie Donor Dot. Dottie travels the state, promoting organ donation at public venues such as parades, sporting events, race / walks and health fairs.

Dottie also encourages people to sign up as organ donors on the new, web-based Wisconsin Donor Registry. This site lets people legally authorize organ, tissue and eye donation with a click of a button.

Joining Dottie’s effort, Ministry Health Care facilities throughout central and northern Wisconsin are pledging their support to this simple but highly effective addition to the state’s health care system that could save or enhance thousands of lives over the next decade.

“The registry will allow us to do more to save or improve the lives of our families, friends and neighbors,” said Sharon Karow, RN, organ and tissue donor liaison at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill.

“This new registry means that anyone over the age of 15½ can grant legal authorization in advance to donate their organs, tissue and corneas when they die,’’ said Martha Mallon, president of Donate Life Wisconsin, and Organ and Tissue Donor promotion director with the Wisconsin Department of Health.

“Although many Wisconsinites make their donation wishes known when they receive or renew their driver’s licenses or state IDs, this information is not available to donation professionals,” said Mallon.

The online registry is the only way to give donation professionals immediate 24 / 7 access to the information. Providing this information through the registry means grieving families will have one less thing to deal with during their time of loss.

“This new registry is secure and confidential. It is easy to use – and if potential donors change their minds, they can easily remove their names from the donor list,’’ adds Mallon. “We’re encouraging everyone, even those with orange dots on their driver’s licenses or state IDs, to sign up for organ, tissue and eye donation using the online registry,” said Mallon.

More donation information is available by contacting Sharon Karow at 715.539.5089 or sharon.karow@ministryhealth.org, or by visiting www.yesiwillwisconsin.com.

Nurse practitioner joins Ministry SAINTS Health Services for Business

Certified Nurse Practitioner Wendy Neupert has joined the specially trained occupational health staff of Ministry SAINTS Health Services for Business clinics in Weston and Merrill.

“I hope to use my role as a nurse practitioner with Ministry SAINTS Health Services to connect with employers to help their employees take advantage of proactive health management programs and help them through any problems that may arise on the job,” said Neupert.

Ministry SAINTS Health Services provides comprehensive occupational health services for businesses that require medical evaluation and surveillance to promote safe working conditions, while meeting industry and hiring standards, and regulatory requirements.

After completing her associate degree in nursing from Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, and a bachelor’s degree at Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, Neupert received her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

When not at work, Neupert enjoys four-wheeling, fishing and spending time with family.

For more information on Ministry SAINTS Health Services clinic in Weston, located at Ministry Medical Group on the campus of the Weston Regional Medical Center, call 715.393.3990; for the Merrill clinic at Ministry Good Samaritan, call 715.539.2132.

Advances in laparoscopic surgery speed healing

Calvin Selwyn, Jr., MD, a general and bariatric surgeon on staff at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point and Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston, uses a single-incision laparoscopic procedure to perform gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) for the treatment of gallstones.

Just 3 hours after the surgery, patients are often able to get in and out of bed and cough with minimal discomfort.

Since the SILS™ procedure requires only one access point through the patient’s belly button, patients may not have any visible scarring.

Patients considering gastric band surgery now have the same minimally invasive option.

Dr. Selwyn also performed the region’s first single-incision adjustable gastric band surgery using the SILS™ technology.

With this new single-incision approach, patients experience less pain and faster recovery. Dr. Selwyn is one of the region’s leading surgeons performing weight-loss surgery of all types. His recent application of the single-incision procedure is a significant advancement in bariatric surgery.

“Ministry Saint Michael’s is equipped to offer patients the most advanced form of laparoscopic cholecystectomy and single-incision gastric band surgery,” said Selwyn. “We are delighted to be at the forefront of a new kind of surgery that continues to transform the minimally invasive arena, resulting in even better experiences for our patients.”

For more information on laparoscopic surgery, call 715.342.6686.

Hospitalist joins Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital

Mahender Yellu, MD, recently joined the medical staff of Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston as a hospitalist.

Dr. Yellu is an internal medicine physician, specializing in the care of hospitalized patients. Working closely with a patient’s personal physician, Dr. Yellu closely supervises the continuum of care inside the hospital.

“Being a hospitalist is a challenge. I enjoy managing a wide range of illnesses,” said Yellu. “It is my goal to provide the best care possible to our patients.”

Dr. Yellu earned his medical degree from Ghandhi Medical College, Hyderbad, India. He completed his internal medicine residency at Saint John’s Episcopal Hospital, New York.
Dr. Yellu enjoys shopping and traveling. He is also an avid pool and snooker player. In August, the people of Merrill and all of Lincoln County will have access to primary care services provided by Mark Gaulke, MD, who specializes in internal medicine and pediatrics.

Ministry Medical Group Primary Care Clinic to open

Dr. Gaulke will see patients at the Ministry Medical Group (MMG) primary care clinic located on the fourth floor of Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Gaulke will help us launch our new Merrill clinic,” said MMG President and CEO, Stewart Watson, MD. “He is a tremendous addition to our staff.”

The nearly 5,000-square-foot clinic features seven exam rooms, a procedure room, reception and waiting areas, as well as other office space. Dr. Gaulke and other primary care physicians will provide patient care for the outpatient clinic and assist in providing necessary inpatient care for people admitted to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center.

For more information, visit ministryhealth.org or call 715.539.2350.


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